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Classical Beat: Great Music Abounds at Tanglewood, Taconic & Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
09:16AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
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Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 77th classical festival season. Here's a rundown of the concerts and performers from July 5-11.

As if that's not enough, don't miss out on the brilliant offerings at Taconic Music and Tannery Pond – two additional stellar venues in Manchester, VT. and New Lebanon, NY.

Great performers interpret iconic music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide. Read below for the details.

• The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo's Fire will present a program entitled "Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'

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Artist Creates Explorative Sculpture Based on Hoosac Tunnel
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:51AM / Saturday, July 01, 2017
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The mountain peaks are made from connected triangles. Sambruce began assembling the pieces in April for the mid-June opening. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Wesley Sambruce brings his reflections on the Hoosac Tunnel to life in Kidspace with an interactive sculpture that asks children and adults alike to explore courage.   Lofted in Kidspace in the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Sambruce built a portal into another world. Flipping back the tunnel's heavy veil opens to meandering pathways paved with poetry, crawlways dropping off into unexplored caverns and open vestibules with hanging tendrils — all inspired by the 4.75-mile Hoosac

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'Beatriz at Dinner': Manifesto Under Glass
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:31PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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There isn't any doubt what writer Mike White had in mind when he penned "Beatriz at Dinner."   His insightful parable, brought to life by Miguel Arteta's skillful direction and a superb cast starring Salma Hayek in the title role, takes place at the very crux of humanity's social ills.   Expect diagnosis, but alas, no cure. You see, beneath the dramatic layers, both disingenuously polite and blatantly hateful, it's about the money. As my rich big sister Ann says, "It's always about the money, especially if they say it's not about the money."   Oh, it wasn't much different before we invented the stuff. Back then, the love of

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Berkshire Choral International Announces Its Final Summer in Sheffield
02:41PM / Friday, June 30, 2017
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Choral International, a nonprofit educational organization that provides amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences, has announced that 2017 will be its final summer in its Berkshires location of Sheffield.

In efforts to increase both its national and international presence, BCI will bid farewell to its Sheffield home this summer after 35 years, closing out its Berkshires presence with two sessions scheduled to take place on July 15 and July 22. Founded in 1982, BCI is a mecca for amateur choral singers from across the world. BCI's choristers reside in 30 US states and five countries, and the faculty is comprised of career

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Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:46PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony's website for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance concerts that are sure to attract audiences. Here's a preview of

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'Cars 3': It Thinks it Can, It Thinks it Can
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:27PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
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Point of disclosure: I am a lifelong, died-in-the-wool car enthusiast. As a child I spent endless hours on the floor pushing toy cars around, speeding under the kitchen table, through my mother's legs, around the linoleum perimeter, over the saddle leading to the foyer for the long straight to my bedroom. There, circling to the cheers of my other toys, I issued an acknowledging "zoom, zoom, rhoom, rhoom," then scooted back into the hallway and made a hairpin right into the carpeted living room, the off-road part of my imaginary Indy 500.   Thus I know and embrace firsthand the special, magical relationship some of us humans have with the spiritual successor to Old Dobbin,

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Comedic Opera Comes to Great Barrington
02:46PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Early Music Festival will return to the Berkshires this summer with a double bill of Neapolitan comic opera by Pergolesi.

Winner of the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, BEMF will present encore performances of its 2014 production of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's "La Serva Padrona" and "Livietta e Tracollo" at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Tickets range from $25 to $85 are available online.

Originally written as interludes to be performed between acts of a more somber production, Pergolesi’s light-hearted comedies quickly enchanted audiences

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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The summer concert season is virtually upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as "Music Central"?

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood. Added to this, Taconic Music offers a feast of chamber music by Strauss and Ravel, and a master class with the distinguished classical cellist/mentor Sharon Robinson.

Scanning the upcoming

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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer
02:25PM / Monday, June 19, 2017
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two Berkshire County museums bookend the Highland Street Foundation's ninth annual Free Fun Fridays initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Eighty-five institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program, an increase from the 80 venues that took part in 2016. This summer, each week for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 23 and continuing through Aug. 25 — multiple venues will welcome visitors, free-of-charge.

"Free Fun Fridays provides access to the best exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the commonwealth have to

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Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival Returns This Saturday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:28PM / Thursday, June 15, 2017
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ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival has grown beyond the town of Adams and is drawing magic from throughout Berkshire County.   And the festival set this Saturday, June 17, from 10 to 10 at Bowe Field is expected to double attendance.    "We have taken from last year what worked really well and went, poof!" Adams Arts Advisory Board member and organizer Gail Sellers said. "Last year, we had 2,000 people so we are hoping to double that and we are getting people from outside the immediate area and it is not just an Adams event."   The event features more than 40 artists, crafters, performers and vendors from Cheshire, North

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